Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Brooching the Subject #3

Now Open: Brooching the Subject #3 2019

Brooching the Subject is a competition and exhibition of textile/fibre art brooches.  
This year we are welcoming submissions from all fibre and textile artists online. 

Find our competition details and submission portal online now. 
Submissions close soon. The actual brooches are not needed yet, but the details of the submission are  


Entries close end of February , so  please  submit your entry today!

UPDATE - closing date extended to 8 March 

Image: Brooching the Subject #2 entries from 2018

Friday, February 22, 2019

Mushroom Madness - Tag Tuesday

Mushroom Madness 1 -  art tag :Wilma Simmons 
The theme for Tag Tuesday's current fortnight is Mushrooms/Fungi, and I was finding it a bit difficult to create an interesting tag even though I do love eating all sorts of mushrooms. Then I remembered I won some  mushroom print  linen a couple of years ago and while I have used most of it, I recalled a few scraps of the fabric turning up during a clean up.  During the search, I also found some prints of ladies in the same little box, so I combined the two  to make some applique fabric tags. The prints were applied  to background fabric with "heat and bond" a double sided heat activated adhesive , stitched by machine and then applied to the card tag. 

Mushroom Madness 2 - art tag : Wilma Simmons 
And here is a time lapse video which I love to watch ... Mushroom Bloom  ...

Sunday, February 17, 2019

29 Faces - Late start 2019

With a rather late start to 29  Faces - an online challenge to create a face a day for the month of February, I  have a lot of  catching  up to do. To make it easier, I have chosen to follow a "Fairy Tale" prompt list and am drawing faces on small gift tags , and yet it is still a challenge.
Fairy Godmother from "Cinderella" - "Even miracles take a little time." 

Red Riding Hood  "Every moment is a moment when you're in the woods" 

Sleeping Beauty " If you dream a thing more than once, it's sure to come true." 

Snow White -"Remember you;re the one who can fill the world with sunshine" 

Donkeyskin - "Virtue always triumphs" 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Year of the Pig

Happy Chinese New Year - Kung hei fat choy. 
 Welcome to the Year of the Pig. 

If you were born in the Year of the Pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019) - what wonderful people you are ....

 Men born in the Pig year are optimistic and gentle. They are very focused. Once they decide on a goal, they’ll put everything into it. 

Women born in the Pig year are full of excitement. They attend social events whenever possible and treat everyone genuinely. Combined with their easygoing personality, they gain everyone’s trust.

Have a great year, one and all.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Changing Newcastle

  Since I came to live in Newcastle NSW (Australia) in 1999, the city has changed... architecture alone has changed the look of Newcastle.  As I walked by the old newspaper building , I was a bit sad to see a crane lifting materials for the apartments being built behind the facade of the original building. It wasn't just that the old building is no longer, it is that the local newspaper has changed too - no local office, printed elsewhere electronically. Yet I felt happy that at least the building will become "home" to many people  and that its history won't be lost. 
Last week, I also captured this shot of an old 1823 building reflected in the new City of Newcastle administration building. While the new building will be spectacular as it is, I really liked the idea of the past being reflected in its shiny glass exterior.  

There are some really amazing buildings which have appeared in Newcastle in the last few years.  The University of Newcastle , City  Campus is a testament to architectural innovations and contemporary design as well as function. It is called NeW Space -  a space to collaborate , and it certainly feels like that. 

In the same  city precinct as NeW Space is perhaps my favourite building in Newcastle, although I never really want to spend time in there. The Law Courts completed in 2015 still resonate with a newness and somehow a distinctive Newcastle feel.  It was built in a difficult triangular space, but somehow seems to spread happily into the block . Local artists' work have been featured for the interior design  with the foyer installation paying homage to the original  indigenous owners of the land. 

And soon, this city streetscape will be visible from the new light rail which will trvel along Hunter Street Newcastle.

Sadly for some ( my grandchildren included) the Queen's Wharf Tower, an icon of  'old ' Newcastle will not be visible  as it was demolished last year. However, there are many people who have rejoiced over the removal of what was considered a rather embarrassing phallic sculptural icon. 
And that is progress... 

Image Credits: 

  • Wilma Simmons 
  • https://www.newcastle.edu.au
  • http://www.coxarchitecture.com.au